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#1 Leaviathan


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:13 PM

I grow Lily's just for photographic purposes but my 18-55 just won't get me in close enough, nor will the 50mm f1.8, any suggestions?


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 04:16 AM

A much less expensive option than a macro lens is a Nikon 6t close up diopter lens. They're discontinued and only available used. You would also need a step up adapter ring to fit it on the 50 or 18-55. The 6t has a filter thread size of 62mm. There are single element diopter lenses that are much cheaper, but the 6t will not degrade image quality like a cheap one will. Just remember working distance will be short with shorter focal lengths such as 50 or 55mm. here's a link.


https://www.ebay.com...on 6t.TRS0.TSS0


Edited with the following: I see in your signature you have a Tamron 70-300. The 6t will offer more working distance and larger reproduction ratios with longer focal lengths, so it may work better with the 70-300. But in my experience, using the 6t with too long a focal length caused degraded quality. So maybe you can use it in the 70-200 range.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:28 AM

Jeff, as a cheap effective option I recommend getting a reverse-ring adapter with a screw in diameter that fits the front of your lens. You will have outstanding magnification but bear in mind that DOF is very shallow. Tricky but workable.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:33 PM

Jeff, as a cheap effective option I recommend getting a reverse-ring adapter with a screw in diameter that fits the front of your lens. You will have outstanding magnification but bear in mind that DOF is very shallow. Tricky but workable.


Nikon makes one, and it won't cost an arm and a leg either.  I paid about $60 CDN for mine.  Herman's last two sentences are very true.  I really had a hard time getting used to it, but that may because I was using my old 50mm D series 1.8.


Other alternatives are pricier.  Extension tubes are another way to go.  However, I have no current information on how they work; or how they are priced.  Sigma makes a 70-300 macro lens, but the macro only functions between 200 mm and 300 mm.  That wasn't working for me either.  Fortunately, I bought it used, from a reputable camera dealer, at a good price.  To this day, it makes a nice general purpose lens.


The Sigma 105/2.8 is now my favourite macro lens.  I really like this lens.  It's great for macro; and I also like the focal length when I'm shooting still life/product.  It's pricier than the alternatives above, but was roughly one-half the cost of Nikon's macro lens at the time I bought it.


Your choice is a matter of preference.  However, if you are just starting to explore this, the reverse-ring adaptor or the extension tubes might be an affordable way to get your feet wet.  :)


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:52 PM

I'm not sure how much your willing to spend. But a used Nikon 105 AF-D is pretty reasonable. The optics if just as sharp is the new Nikon (may even be more sharper)and is a great lens. I have it, and my wife has the current one. I like the D version, and have used it for a long while. Especially if I'm using a tripod or mono pod. And I have also gotten good results hand holding. However, that would be a  hit and miss.




Another combo I have used for walking around the butterfly pavilion is the Nikon 70-210/f4 macro with a Nikon 6T close up filter. The 6T is a double element close up lens. I can not have any kind of camera stand at the place and this combo works great. I'm not that close the the insect, and I can hand hold it well.



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:08 PM

What Dennis said.


I have tried every trick on the planet.


1) extension tubes

2) macro filters

3) bellows

4) reverse rings

5) buying a Macro lens


Best option is the lens.


I picked up a Nikon 105mm f2.8G.  Awesome and multipurpose.


The best option by far is stacking.  I have looked at Helicon Focus software.  With the incremental abilities of the D850 and this unbelievable stacking software, you can get some incredible images.  The software is next on my list of purchases when I get some spare cash.


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